Woman Made: Great Women Designers

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Premier publisher Phaidon and global luxury group Kering partnered to create the most comprehensive register of women designers to date: Woman Made: Great Women Designers. This visual book, compiled from A to Z, shines a spotlight on over 200 women product designers, including icons like Ray Eames, Eileen Gray, Florence Knoll and Nathalie du Pasquier. On top of this vital collection, Phaidon and Kering are also providing free resources for the next generation of creators on their newly launched digital platform, as well as a series of talks and Q+As with designers and a scholarship for a woman undergraduate student. The celebratory book, alongside its website, events and philanthropy, further cement the place women have had and will continue to have in the design world.

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After Sayaka Murata’s first book to be translated in English, Convenience Store Woman, garnered a cult following with over a million copies sold worldwide, the writer is back with an even more shocking and strange novel, Earthlings. The book tells the story of a young girl who feels alienated by society until, one day, she confides in her best friend and plush hedgehog, Piyyut, who blesses her with magical powers. Together, the narrator and her similarly disenfranchised cousin (who thinks he’s an alien), make a pact to navigate the world together. While this may sound like a dreamy childhood story delivered through light prose, Murata’s novel remains dark and vivid—especially as the now-adult protagonist reckons with womanhood and the consequences of escaping a stifling world—from murder all the way down to cannibalism.

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Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

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Through part memoir and cultural criticism, Cathy Park Hong unflinchingly examines the nuances of being an Asian American in Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning. The poet and essayist doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable thoughts around race in the US. Rather, she dives into them, exploring unsaid or hard to explain feelings about racial identity. While this paints an accurate portrait of Asian American experiences, Hong’s writing is more than a current state of affairs. Her sharp political and emotional insight—revealed through Hong’s memories and relation to English—fosters an urgent and resonant pursuit toward liberation.

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This hilarious yet bitingly honest novel by Paul Beatty centers on misfit teenager Winston “Tuffy” Foshay from Harlem who wants to run for City Council. As the protagonist (who the author describes as a “masterless samurai”) embarks on a journey, the poet and novelist weaves together a fast-paced satire that delves into the numerous barriers and boundaries that exist in the US. Be it a sardonic look at local and rhetorical politics or an exposé on the pitfalls of media representation, Beatty’s TUFF is a work of incisive and gripping literary fiction.

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A dynamic profile through dialogue of one of the most important voices in contemporary music, Conversations places award-winning composer Steve Reich opposite other legendary artistic figures—including Richard Serra, Stephen Sondheim, Jonny Greenwood, Julia Wolf, Nico Muhly and more. Through their time conversing, an element of Reich’s life unfurls for each reader. Available for pre-order now, the Hanover Square Press book publishes 8 March 2022.

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From imaginative author and illustrator Brian Selznick, the storyteller behind The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck and other beloved books, comes an exquisite, fragmented rumination on grief, Kaleidoscope. A deeply moving literary escapade, Selznick’s latest is greater than the sum of the wondrous vignettes that traverse its pages. Its profound narrative and the emotional pools beneath are accessible to readers from age 10 to adulthood.

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A witty, tender look into the inner lives of three women—Reese, trans woman; Katrina, a cis woman; and Ames, who lived as a woman for six years and then detransitioned—Torrey Peters’ debut novel explores deep, sometimes dark, places that few writers dare to venture. Beginning with an unplanned pregnancy, the story of love, self-discovery, loss and pain follows the three characters on a journey that intertwines them in vulnerable, complicated ways. Detransition, Baby challenges ideas about motherhood, family and gender, jumping head-first into some of the most painful and taboo topics. Peters makes an immensely unique, personal tale exist also as an illuminating note on US culture—without being didactic.

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Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance

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The sixth edition of Radical Softness as a Boundless Form of Resistance continues to meditate on how tenderness is reflected, resonated and realized within different practices. Released by Genderfail—a publishing initiative dedicated to intersectional queer subjectivity—and edited by Be Oakley, the zine includes essays written by the editor, as well as writing by Lora Mathis, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Noah LeBien and Kimi Hanauer. It also features new translations and unreleased writing, titled “Collective Self Isolation: In the Care of Others.” This edition is limited to 100 copies.

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1 Million Roses for Angela Davis

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From Mousse Publishing comes the art book 1 Million Roses for Angela Davis. The volume—named after East Germany’s 1970 to 1972 campaign slogan that supported Davis while she was held on terrorism charges—pays tribute to the activist with historic portraits by painters from the German Democratic Party, archival material and an interview with Davis by René de Guzman. Also included are essays by Nikita Dhawan, Kata Krasznahorkai, Jamele Watkins and other writers. Multidisciplinary in its approach, the book explores Davis’ work and immense legacy.

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In a lyrical and candid memoir, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner maps her moving journey through grief, familial issues and selfhood in the wake of her mother’s passing. The debut is an expansion of Zauner’s 2018 New Yorker essay of the same name, adapted to chart the singer’s childhood years in the predominately white town of Eugene, Oregon, early gigs she played with her burgeoning band on the East coast and reclamation of her Korean American identity. Just like Zauner’s stage presence, her prose gracefully and powerfully captivates.

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Poet Kaveh Akbar’s Pilgrim Bell embarks on a divine journey, meditating on his family’s life as Muslims in America, the immigrant experience and struggles with addiction. Once again, the award-winning writer proves his masterful control over language, finding faith within darkness and the self beneath the surface of his work. Fiercely intimate and lyrically vivid, this book of poems is a moving and memorable read.

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An emblem of timeless Uptown New York glamour, The Carlyle Hotel has dazzled guests since the 1930s. Through more than 200 images (including never-before-seen photographs), with tantalizing text by author James Reginato that delves into the establishment’s storied history and a foreword from Lenny Kravitz, Assouline’s The Carlyle book captures the magic. Those who’ve stayed at the hotel or sipped classic cocktails within the whimsy of Bemelmans will appreciate it—but so will anyone else who dreams of its legacy.

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Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of the World

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Daniel Sherrell’s debut book, Warmth: Coming of Age at the End of the World, captures the spectrum of feelings that living in a climate crisis initiates—frustration from watered-down Green Bills, grief from the lives and species lost to preventable causes, numbness from the ever-mounting reports about the state of the environment, and beyond. Part memoir and part love letter, Warmth takes an intimate look into Sherrell’s life as he fights for change within the movement to imagine what a future and family look like under climate change. His book asks—himself and readers—”How do we go on in a world that may not?”

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Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem

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Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has been a center for and a champion of Black art and Black culture. The new book Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem contextualizes select artwork from the institution’s collection, which includes pieces by Faith Ringgold, Kerry James Marshall, Norman Lewis, Lorna Simpson and others. Authors Connie H Choi, Thelma Golden and Kellie Jones discuss the thematic and procedural processes in curating Black art, include essays by art historians and collectors (like Eliza A Butler, Akili Tommasino, Taylor Aldridge, Larry Ossei Mensah and Daniela Fifi) and feature 125 artworks. Together, the book pays historical homage to the multiplicities of identities and techniques in African-American art, tracing works in various mediums from the 1930s to today.

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Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier

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The hardcover book Star Trek: Designing the Final Frontier: How Midcentury Modernism Shaped Our View of the Future promises to delight fans of the cult TV show and of the design movement alike. There’s much to adore about the long-running series (from its social consciousness to its kitsch costumes) but it’s the set design—with mid-century modern furniture, objects and art—that authors and design experts Dan Chavkin and Brian McGuire explore here. Whether you’re an Eames enthusiast or a Nyota Uhura devotee (or both) this book provides plenty of treasures.

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DRAMA: David Rockwell Book

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Through thoughtful text and 300 illustrations, the book Drama explores the relationship between Rockwell Group founder and president, David Rockwell’s core architectural principles with the influence of his passion for theater. Published by Phaidon, the book is penned by Rockwell, along with Bruce Mau Studio founder, Bruce Mau. It probes the inherent drama of architecture and design, and leaves readers informed and inspired.

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